Yankees Recent Losing Streak Does Warrant A Little Concern


Less than two weeks ago, the Yankees looked unstoppable. Not only were they winning games, but they were demolishing their competition. Everyone, with the exception of Chris Carter, wasn’t only hitting the ball. They were annihilating it.

Same thing goes for the pitching. Despite Masahiro Tanaka‘s woes, the rest of the rotation looked solid. Then, the Yankees got some bad news. C.C. Sabathia had become the anchor of the rotation after the team realized they could not count on Tanaka.

Now he’s out for several weeks with a hamstring injury. The rotation doesn’t look so good without him. Aside from Tanaka, the Yankees have two starters with a track record of inconsistency and a rookie.

The offense has seemed to take a nosedive overnight. Couple that with a few minor injuries to Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks, two sluggers on the team, and now the lineup suffers as well. At least Chase Headley is on some sort of turnaround. Plus, there is the chance that neither Sanchez or Hicks goes on the disabled list. At least there is hope there.

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As of this writing, the Bombers have lost five games in a row for the first time this season. Some of these games were winnable but spoiled by the bullpen. Or was it a poor start from Luis Severino or Michael Pineda?Maybe it was all those runners left on base.

Whatever it is, the Yankees are experiencing a slump of sorts. Is there reason to panic? Not yet, but they have to turn this around before it gets out of hand.

If there ever were a time the team needed a day off, it would be now. However, that isn’t the case. Not matter how tired and banged up they are, they still have to go out and play. So, what can be done?

For starters, I’ll tell you what they shouldn’t do. Under no circumstances should the team go outside the organization for another starting first baseman or starting pitcher. The market for pitching is thin, and teams know the Yanks are stocked with prospects.

There is no reason to switch course and give up the future for something that may not even help the team. The Yankees are making their stars now.

They’ve already produced their slugging catcher and a right fielder who is taking baseball by storm. There is a promising first baseman, but he’s M.I.A. at the moment.

The Yankees have a plan and should stick to it. If they can find a first baseman on the cheap, maybe for some low-level minor leaguers, then go for it. But don’t get fleeced for something mediocre when you can promote from within at the present time.

For the rest of us, there is no need to lose sleep. It’s still just mid-June, right?